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Wednesday, December 7


Lessons Learned Building and Operating the World’s Largest OpenStack Clouds
Rackspace is ideally positioned to help enterprises as one of the founders of OpenStack, as operator of the world’s largest OpenStack public cloud and as operator of some of the world’s largest private clouds. As clouds grow larger and more expansive, things like fleet management become critical.

Join as we discuss the lessons Rackspace has learned building, managing and scaling the world’s largest OpenStack clouds. We will review specific lessons learned building and operating the world’s largest OpenStack public cloud and the two 1,000 node OpenStack Innovation Center clusters that are been used by many OpenStack community members for scale testing. I will also talk about Craton, an open source project to apply lessons learned by Rackspace to build fleet management tooling.

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Kenneth Hui

Technology Evangelist, Rackspace
Kenneth Hui is a Technology Evangelist with Rackspace. His passion is to help IT deliver value to their customers through collaboration, automation, and cloud computing. Ken blogs about cloud computing, OpenStack, and VMware at http://cloudarchitectmusings.com and at http://www.rackspace.com./blog/author/kenneth-hui... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 11:10am - 11:55am
Salon C


The OpenStack Project Continuous Integration System
Every patch that an OpenStack developer proposes is run
through the continuous integration (CI) system run by the OpenStack
Infrastructure team. This system runs a series of unit, functional and
integration tests for every project and results are presented back to
the developer in the code review web UI, but what is behind the scenes
of all those tests?

This talk walks through the basics of the CI system, statistics about
the growth of contributors and tests, and recent changes we've made to
keep up with ever-increasing need for more jobs to be run. You'll also
get a peek into what we're currently working on to make sure we
continue to keep pace with the grow of the OpenStack developer

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Elizabeth K. Joseph

Developer Advocate, IBM
Elizabeth K. Joseph is a Linux systems administrator turned developer advocate for IBM Z where she works with the community to explore Linux workloads on mainframes. She has previously worked on distributed systems, including OpenStack and Apache Mesos, and has written books on... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Salon B


Transforming Organizations with OpenStack
OpenStack environments have been enabling positive change for hundreds
of large-scale adopters for years. Overstock.com, Walmart, Workday,
AT&T, CERN and many others have shared amazing stories of their
success with OpenStack.  This, however, is a bigger story about using
OpenStack AND the development tooling around it.  Testing every
commit.  Gated merges.  Fixing bugs upstream first.  Config as code
and code as conversation.  We used OpenStack, Gerrit, Zuul and Jenkins
to transform how a dozen globally distributed teams work together and
radically improved how they develop, test and deploy software.  This
is the story of how we got there and the incredible payoff in
collaboration and development velocity.

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Christopher Aedo

Developer Advocacy, IBM
Christopher Aedo, Cloud Architect and Developer Advocacy Team Lead at IBM, is an IT veteran for consulting, design and technology companies. He is also an outspoken public advocate for OpenStack, cloud computing, software defined networking, and software defined storage. In Portland... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Salon C


Private Cloud Cattle and Pet Wrangling
At Charter Communications, we have a large private cloud used for a wide variety of internal businesses. Getting these businesses to adopt a "cattle vs. pets" mentality has been a long and ever on-going talk. Additionally, there are business forces pushing more and more users onto this cloud (primarily cost). Yet not all businesses are ready to treat their services like cattle.

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David Medberry

Lead Engineer, OpenStack DevOps, Charter Comm
Open source advocate for 15+ years.OpenStack developer, deployer since 2011...OpenStack Community leader for 4+ years.Formerly doing cloud and open source for Canonical (Ubuntu) and HP, currently doing OpenStack at Charter Communications.Known to launch flying discs at anyone attending... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Salon A
Thursday, December 8


How running Openstack changed operations at Overstock.com
Over the past 3 years, our continued use of OpenStack at Overstock.com has dramatically changed our operational mindset.  We now run much of our production environment on our OpenStack clouds, and this required changes to how we think about and work with servers.

Come and learn we use OpenStack at Overstock.com, and how our automation, monitoring, and inventory management have evolved as a result.

What they will learn:
Attendees will learn how a large online e-commerce retail site implemented OpenStack and the operational evolution that resulted from its use.

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Mike Smith

Lead Cloud Systems Architect, Overstock

Thursday December 8, 2016 11:10am - 11:55am
Salon A


Just a Girl (Living in Captivity): The Best Things About Being a Girl in OpenStack

Not a news day goes by without some horror story about how dangerous—or just flat our lonely—it can be to be a woman in tech. And while those stories sadly have some validity, what we’re not talking about are the positives. Instead of scaring ladies away from the industry, we should be welcoming them with open arms, and sharing what’s really cool about it instead (like being a Woman of OpenStack).


I’m a female working for one of the largest tech companies in the world, and though I’m in the minority as a cloud computing professional, membership does have its privileges. In my talk, I’ll “take this pink ribbon off my eyes” and highlight my favorite things about being a woman in the OpenStack community. I’ll shine a light on the great support that’s available to us; the unspoken perks that happen organically; and share how to network and connect with the other ladies of OpenStack.

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Tassoula Kokkoris

Worldwide Portfolio Marketing Manager, IBM Blue Box, IBM
For over two decades, Tassoula Kokkoris has led teams with her creative, inventive approach to marketing. Starting her career as a fashion copywriter at Nordstrom she then managed award-winning public relations teams in the education and financial sectors before joining the tech industry... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 11:10am - 11:55am
Salon C


The Evolution of OpenStack from an ISP Driven, Multi-Tenant Model to an Organizationally Driven, Data Center Model

As OpenStack has continued the journey from the AWS model of multi-tenant clouds for Developers Only framework toward the workhorse for application support within organizations and departments in the Data Center, several aspects of commonality have emerged as key areas of change and expansion in the fabric of the framework to accommodate specific needs on an organizational level.

The common changes can be categorized as follows:

●     Global Identity Management

●     Network Addressing and Routing

●     Compute Specialization and Multi-HyperVisor Support

●     Global Storage Platforms

●     Application Lifecycle Management

●     Virtualizing the Control Plane

●     Day 2 Cloud Administration

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Bruce Mathews

Senior Solution Architect, Mirantis
Bruce has been a Senior Solutions Architect in the computer industry for forty-one years, working at multiple technology companies including Mirantis. Bruce has been involved with OpenStack since 2010 as a member of Hewlett-Packard’s Public Cloud team and was heavily involved with... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon A


OSDef: DevOps-driven approach to securing a cloud infrastructure using BigData

The future of OpenStack must involve improved security, for the simple reason that adopters of OpenStack require a clear path to creating a secure cloud to meet the needs of the enterprise… not just developers. But how do you secure OpenStack without ruining OpenStack? How do you do so at-scale? To answer these questions, we discuss a project that we call OpenStack Defense (OSDef). The basic idea of OSDef is to achieve enterprise-grade security the DevOps way; where automation, integration, and verification work together to provide a pipeline to deliver an ever-improving service. In this case, that service is dynamic security. We discuss how OSDef will leverage Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data technologies and practices in concert to automate and accelerate the incident response lifecycle by creating an event-handling pipeline for security-related information:  collection, storage, search, aggregation, correlation, alerts/notifications, visualization, and response.

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Nathan Randall

Security Engineer, Charter Communications
Nathan Randall works as a Security Engineer for the OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) group at Charter Communications. He works on DevOps projects tied to the idea of making the OpenStack cloud more secure. Before starting a career in IT, Nathan worked as an Electrician’s... Read More →

Thursday December 8, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Salon C